Head of the Local Government Service (LGS), Dr. Nana Ato Arthur, has called on Metropolitan, Municipal and District Coordinating Directors (MMDCDs) to support the implementation of government policies in their various areas.
He tasked the MMDCDs in the proposed Oti Region enclave to ensure that government achieves its target in implementing its development agenda.
Dr. Ato Arthur made the remarks when he met MMDCDs in the Oti enclave of the Volta Region during a one-day working visit to the area.
The meeting was to give him first-hand information on how MMDCDs are planning ahead toward creation of the proposed Oti Region with respect to human resources, infrastructure and logistics.
The proposed Oti Region comprises the Krachi West, Krachi East, Krachi Nchumuru, Nkwanta North, Nkwanta South, Kadjebi Akan, Jasikan and Biakoye districts.
Dr. Ato Arthur, since assumption of office, has visited over 100 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) across the country.
He said it is important to recognise that the work of LGS is in the field, and this calls for the working visits to selected MMDAs.
Dr. Ato Arthur said the LGS has a role to play in the implementation of government policies and also ensuring its development agenda succeeds.
He said there is a need for MMDCDs to show passion by supporting their Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chiefs Executives (MMDCEs) in the impending referendum.
It will be recalled that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in late 2017, appointed a Commission of Inquiry to look into the demand for creation of new regions and to make recommendations on all the factors involved in the creation, alteration or merger of regions in the country.
The Commission – led by Justice Brobbey, a retired Supreme Court Judge – started its work in late November 2017 and submitted its recommendation to the President in June 2018.
The Commission recommended the creation of six new regions: namely, Ahafo, Brong East, North East, Oti, Savannah and Western North; and that the referendum should be limited to only the areas directly impacted.
Consequently, the Electoral Commission set December 27, 2018 for the referendum.